Home is where the heart is

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bruce Weber and the Illinois coaching staff wore white sneakers during a 65-61 loss to Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

Half-joking and half-serious, Weber left the post-game press conference with a message.

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's UI women's basketball game against Ohio State:

Mexicano powers Illini to season-opening wins

MIAMI – Coach Terri Sullivan's Illinois softball squad had a good start to its season Friday at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic, topping No. 20 Louisville6-2 and Florida International 11-5.

In the Illini's season opener against the Cardinals, shortstop Angelena Mexicano went 3 for 4 with three runs and left fielder Makenzie Smith was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Reliever Ashley Wright allowed no runs on three hits in 4< 1/3> innings to earn the victory.

Big Ten basketball preview

Each year, we watch other Big Ten programs honor the past by retiring jerseys. Each year, we wish Illinois would follow suit.

Indiana fans ready to let Weber, Illini hear their side

CHAMPAIGN – Nine days ago, most of the 71 fraternity brothers in the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at Indiana University schemed up a Thursday night get-together.

Each brother threw in $5 for pizza, and they situated couches in front of a big-screen TV.

Ten questions for ... Lon Kruger

Las Vegas is Lon Kruger's kind of town. Not because of the Strip but because of the college basketball opportunity. In his third year in the desert, the former Illini coach has the Runnin' Rebels on the verge of their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2000, which also was the last time Kruger coached in the Big Dance (at Illinois). The 54-year-old Kruger took time this week to talk about his failed NBA experiment, coaching his son and the Vegas nightlife with sports editor Jim Rossow:

Support makes 'slap' less aggravating

Ron Zook recruited Chris Leak and put him in Florida's starting lineup as a freshman. Even after he left Gainesville, Zook continued to support the quarterback.

On Thursday, the support was returned from the leader of the national champions. Leak called Zook to offer encouragement after an article in Wednesday's New York Times questioned Zook's recruiting tactics.

UI men's basketball game preview

Here's a look at tonight's Illinois men's basketball game at Indiana:

UI women lose another winnable game to Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – If the Illinois women find themselves on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble on Selection Monday, they'll look back at Thursday's loss at Purdue and wince.

Another winnable game, another loss.

Tate: Illini finding talk is cheap

CHAMPAIGN – Somewhere in what Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany calls "the blogo-sphere," the faithful of Charlie Weis and Notre Dame are high-fiving and back-slapping this week.

They pulled off the ultimate Internet coup de grace.